Pro-family group running 24/7 prayer campaign during Toronto's Pride Week
TORONTO, Ontario, June 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholics in Toronto are urging the faithful to band together this week to offer prayers of reparation for their city’s Gay Pride parade on Sunday.
The prayer campaign, called “Charity, Clarity, Chastity,” began Friday and will continue until July 2nd, spanning the entire 264 hours of Pride Week. They are urging Catholics to offer “reparational prayer, fasting, and sacrifices."
Volunteers from all over the world have signed up to pray before the “presence of Our Eucharistic Lord” during the campaign. Visit their website to sign up.
The event is organized by the Courage Reparational Group Toronto and EnCourage Toronto, which are associated with the international Courage Apostolate, a Vatican-endorsed organization that offers support for persons struggling with same-sex attraction (SSA).
“Toronto is a place of special need not only because Catholicism is being attacked, but because this year’s festival is the dress rehearsal before our city hosts WorldPride 2014,” wrote organizer Alan Yoshioka on his blog The Sheepcat. Yoshioka was a homosexual activist for fifteen years before converting to Christianity, and has now been married to a woman for four years.
Those joining the campaign are asked to pray for three intentions:
Charity: We repent of any ways in which persons with SSA or gender identity conflicts have been the object of unjust discrimination, including violent malice in speech or in action, and have been abandoned, rejected, or denied unconditional love. We affirm that there is a place in the Church for persons with SSA and gender identity conflicts, who are included in the universal call to holiness.
Clarity: We repent of any distortions of Church teaching as properly expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2357 to 2359. We affirm that same-sex acts cannot be approved under any circumstances; that same-sex inclinations are objectively disordered, signifying concupiscence and yet not in and of themselves sinful; and that persons, regardless of their inclinations and acts, are made in the image of God, have intrinsic dignity, and are to be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
Chastity: We repent of any sins against God’s plan for male and female complementarity and the gift of human life, including, but not limited to immodesty, masturbation, artificial birth control and artificial reproductive technologies, abortion, pornography, sexual abuse, adultery, fornication, polygamy, prostitution, no-fault divorce, and same-sex acts. We affirm the unitive and procreative meanings of authentic married love; and the treasure of holy celibacy as lived by single persons, religious, and priests.
The main event of Toronto Pride Week is the Pride Parade, the homosexual activists’ attempt to convince the public of their behaviour through public nudity and public displays of homosexual practices.
“If you wish to safeguard your kids' innocence, it's a good day to avoid the area altogether,” wrote Yoshioka.
Yoshioka said that prayer for the event and its participants might not have an immediate visible effect.
“The results will tend to be ones you won't be present to see with your own eyes. A troubled high school student who is consoled by the memory of a kind word when she is feeling harassed and unloved. A cruising ground aficionado who, after yet another episode of meaningless sex, asks himself, ‘What am I doing here?’ A gay activist who, looking for ammunition against those dreadful Catholic bigots, decides to inspect the Catechism for himself.”
“Trust that God will use your prayers!”
Yoshioka called it a “privilege” to “intercede for people who experience same-sex attraction (whether or not they're trying to practise chastity).”
“I know from previous years that I tend to feel a spiritual heaviness from this season's continual social pressures to accept gay ideology. What a relief then to cast such troubles at the foot of the Cross!”
Participants are encouraged to “privately choose some form of fasting and/or sacrifice to which you can commit throughout the 264 hours (or however much of the event remains when you receive this invitation), offering whatever you lack for the intentions."
Join the “Charity, Clarity, Chastity” prayer campaign here.